RE: PDFs as online help?

Subject: RE: PDFs as online help?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 15:22:57 -0400

Based on the answers you've received so far, you can see that (a) PDFs
*can* be used for online Help, including context sensitivity, and (b)
many of us think they're inferior for this purpose.

I've read a number of online discussions of this subject among tech
writers. It seems to me that the arguments for online PDFs focus on the
advantages for the producer, whereas the arguments against them focus on
the disadvantages for the consumer.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nancy Allison
> Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 10:25 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: PDFs as online help?
> Do any of you use PDFs for your online help?
> Is it possible to link to topics within a PDF for
> context-sensitive help?
> PDFs are attractive to me, for use as an online help system,
> because you can control the display of special characters in
> them. You can be sure what your end user will see.

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